Do you keep your kids on a strict bedtime schedule?
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Julie - posted on 05/17/2013
I feel the same way, 8:00 in bed, read to 8:30 lights out. 9:30 on weekends. However, my husband seems a bit lacks on the bedtime, and we take turns depending on our work schedules. This is frustrating because as non nonchalant as he is his with what time they are IN bed, he is obsessive with them getting UP on time in the morning! I try to explain, if he was diligent with bedtime, the mornings come easier, but he sees NO CORRELATION between the two..ugh
And so, the cycle continues.... I bitch about bed time, and he moans about getting up on time. Happy Family, Mrs bitch and Mr. moan (LOL)
Alice - posted on 10/16/2009
yes, my 9 month old has a bed time of 8:00...I am lucky that she does ok if we occasionally have to stray a bit but she definately thrives on this routine. It's good for my marriage too as there is still enough time in the evening to relax with hubby
Nicole - posted on 10/11/2009
Oh yes! Ever since I got my son on a strict schedule, my life has been a breeze! And sometimes I can't help but look forward to that nap time or "night night" time! lol. And my son definately gets excited for bed, which is a blessing!
Yes. My 10 month old is on the same schedule daily. It varies only slightly. If he wakes earlier, his first nap is a little earlier and so are meals and snacks. If his naps are short then I put him to bed earlier. I try to focus on the amount of hours he is awake between waking in morning, naps and last nap and bedtime. That's what I try to keep mostly the same daily. Doing this, I've found he is much happier, fusses less during waking hours and when being put down to sleep and he sleeps better. Some people think I'm being strict but I see the positive difference in my baby. I will let it be more flexible as he gets older and becomes more flexible himself. Until then, this is better for both mom and baby. Plus this allows me time with my husband each night, including weekends just for us. Every night is ours, always by 7:30PM at the latest.
Mandy - posted on 10/08/2009
I wish my daughter liked to keep a schedule, but she is ten months old and didn't have a schedule until a couple of weeks ago. But her schedule is still not what I want it to be. She takes a nap around 11 in the afternoon and wakes up 45 minutes to an hour and then takes another nap from 4:30-6 PM and then gets to be around 11 at night. She will then wake up at 7:45 to eight in the morning. But I will take any schedule over none at all.
Sharon - posted on 10/07/2009
Yes, TJ 6yrs. old has a routine. 7:30 shower and snack. Bed by 8 with bedtime story, which he reads to me now. Usually asleep by 8:30. It's so good, he tells time now. Does it himself without cues. My baby is being responsible. AWE. LOL!!!!!
Jacqueline - posted on 10/07/2009
I put both of mine to nap and bed at the same time every day... 7 days a week.
This is the one thing I do not slack on... I really believe this solid sleep schedule is just as important as playtime, eating and everything else you do with you kids. Adequate sleep makes for much happier kids during the waking hours. Besides, we've been on this schedule so long... my kids practically take themselves upstairs some nights!!!
Elizabeth - posted on 10/07/2009
Absolutely! Same routine every night for all 3. Bedtime between 7:30 and 8:00. It affords my husband and I some 'quiet/sane' time for eachother or ourselves, whatever we need! I'm preggy with #4, so I absolutely need it. It might vary by 1/2 hr to an hour on the weekend, but that's it! Good luck!
Angel - posted on 10/06/2009
Yes, my boys have went to bed at 7 since they were 2 months old every night and they sleep til 7 in the morning, They have learned sleep time is sleep they are going on 2 and still sleep this way. It gives mommie and daddie time too!
Beth - posted on 10/06/2009
I wouldn't stay strict, but they do have a bedtime routine. Every night, we take our baths, read a couple of books (my son is 6 and learning to read, so he reads one too), and then we give kisses and hugs, make sure that everyone has used the potty, got a drink of water, and brushed their teeth. Then we tuck them in the bed, turn on a CD of programmed music, and turn on the hallway light. Bedtime finally! haha...
Katy - posted on 10/06/2009
Definantly! My kids are on a nightly schedule. Bath time at 630, then quiet time(they watch tv but no playing or running around) and then bed time at 800. On times that we've been off schedule, their attitudes completely change, they are grouchy.
Nicole - posted on 10/05/2009
Well at our house Jillian goes to sleep around the same time give or take... We don't however put her in her room and make her stay there we let her fall a sleep on the couch.... Even though I know that's a bad habit to get into....
Groth - posted on 10/05/2009
Yes, I did when my child was little. It was 8:00 pretty much all the time. At six oclock, it was quiet games only. Nothing that would get her wound up. This always works, she is 24 now, and still needs some quiet time before bed, to wind down from work and school.
Cami - posted on 10/03/2009
just to add one more thing, make the schedule that works best for you. My husband used to work till 9pm, and didnt get home till 930, then would go back to work at 7am the next day so i would keep he up so they could see each other for a half an hour. No big deal
Cami - posted on 10/03/2009
I think its a parents choice to put their child on a schedule. I have an 18 month old and a six weeks old. My daughter usually goes to bed at 9, but it can be different depending on the situation. it can be from 8 to 10 or even 11 sometimes but rarely. Sometimes we are out and she just stays up. im not going to force her to sleep. She has no reason to keep her on a schedule. She is not in school, she does not go to day care, and i stay home with her all day.once my son starts sleeping through the night then they will both be on a schedule. Until then there is no point for me to have a set bedtime. But that is just my situation
Kim - posted on 10/03/2009
Not so strict. My daughter is very much a routine girl. She goes to bed between 8-8:30. I haven't gotten real strict with bedtime because I feel that we don't go to bed at the exact same time every night but generally the same time so why should she? As long as she doesn't fight with me on it and she gets enough sleep, I'm fine with her flexible bedtime (although, I have never allowed her to stay up past 8:30). Not to mention, her body is telling her she's tired and she very rarely tries to fight that feeling.
Yolanda - posted on 10/03/2009
Absolutely! Even my 3 year old knows when it's bedtime because he knows the routine. They function so much better with a schedule. I may let them stay up an extra 30 minutes on Friday or Saturday night, but not all the time. My kids go to bed at 8pm.
Nicole - posted on 10/02/2009
I definitely agree with keeping them on a bedtime schedule even on the weekends...I even find that regardless my kids are ready for bed at that time anyway on the weekends so it isn't difficult. Giving a child structure is a great way to keep life balanced for them.
Allison - posted on 09/30/2009
I have four kids so it seems that for not only them but for me they need a set bedtime. This also keeps dinner, homework, snacks and so on, on a routine. I do allow my older son who is ten stay up a bit later then the others so he can have quite time. Each of them once in a while have a mommy and me night which is so wonderful for me. take care Allison
Bethany - posted on 09/30/2009
Yes! 7pm. I have also found that with a consistent routine, my daughter bounces right back into the groove even if it's thrown off for a couple days. So we don't have bedtime struggles or tantrums. She knows that when we put her in bed it's time to sleep, and that's that. :)
Summer - posted on 09/30/2009
I have an almost 8 year old son, and 2 year old fraternal twin boys. They all go to bed by 8:30pm through the week, but if we don't have any early morning weekend plans then I let my 8 year old stay up until I go to bed on the weekends. The twins usually wake up around 8am, and they also take about a 2 hour nap after lunch.
Tegan - posted on 09/30/2009
Both my kids are in night time routinues wehave dinner then shower/bath tv till 715 for 1yo 730 for3yo then book and bed. Was hard to start it with when we moved to big bed as it took on some night up to a hour of screaming to get him to sleep but glad i did causeit givesme time to to uni after they are asleep
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